Much like Fry’s original debut, the ever popular and truly geeky sci-fi comedy series, Futurama, is once again coming out of cryo-sleep for another tour around the sun. Futurama has officially been revived for an 11th season at Hulu and, to put the proverbial ‘ass‘ on the top of Bender’s can, is also bringing back the entirety of the original voice cast – ensuring the series remains true to form when Futurama returns.

The new season of the sci-fi animated series is officially being labeled as the show’s ‘eleventh season’, though by some accounting it can also be considered the eighth season. However one wants to look at it, the results remain the same: Futurama returns from 24 July 2023 with 20 new episodes, dropping weekly. These will complement the 140 previous episodes of the show, which are currently already on Hulu.

The revival, which was announced in February 2022, will feature the original voice cast and the creative team behind the show, including creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen. As such, the show is bound to remain true to its roots and provide the same humour and tongue in cheek social commentary the series is known for.

For those unfamiliar with the show, Futurama follows the adventures of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who gets frozen in 1999 and wakes up in the year 3000. In this new time, he joins an interplanetary delivery company called Planet Express. Along with his friends Leela, Bender, Amy, Hermes, Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth and Nibbler; Fry explores the wonders and dangers of the future.

The show originally aired on Fox from 1999 to 2003, before being canceled due to low ratings. It was later revived by Comedy Central, which aired four direct-to-video movies and two additional seasons from 2008 to 2013. The show has gained a cult following over the years, as well as critical acclaim and awards, for its witty humor, clever references, emotional moments and social commentary.

According to the official synopsis of when Futurama returns, the season will include “payoffs to decades-long mysteries” as well as new storylines featuring “bitcoin, cancel culture and streaming TV”. A teaser trailer for the season (embedded above) shows Fry and his pals entering a building with a giant “Fulu” sign, mocking their new streaming home.

The trailer also hints at how the crew survived a “massive disruption in the flow of time”, a new virus requiring a Q-tip swabbing test, a journey through Crypto Country, and encounters with various monsters, critters and new planets. The season will also explore the epic love story of Fry and Leela, the mysterious contents of Nibbler’s litter box, the secret history of evil Robot Santa and the whereabouts of Kif and Amy’s tadpoles.

The show is one of the most beloved animated series of all time, and fans, like myself, are eagerly awaiting the date when Futurama returns. In short, the show has a unique blend of comedy, sci-fi and drama appealing to a wide audience. Whether making fun of pop culture, exploring futuristic concepts or touching on social issues, Futurama always delivers quality entertainment.

Owner, founder and editor-in-chief at Vamers, Hans has a vested interest in geek culture and the interactive entertainment industry. With a Masters degree in Communications and Ludology, he is well read and versed in matters relating to video games and communication media, among many other topics of interest.